Papers of William Henry Stokes JP (1894-1977), trade unionist and Communist

Scope and Content

Personalia, including diaries, 1913-1977; membership cards, 1914-1966; notebooks, 1909-10; subject files re: General Strike; AEU, correspondence and other papers; Ministry of Production, National Production Advisory Council, minutes, and subject files, 1940-1951; Iron and Steel Corporation, minutes, subject files and notebooks, 1948-53; miscellaneous subject files, 1911-1977; photographs, 1940-9, n.d.

National Minority Movement: Coventry branch minutes, 1925-30; Midland Bureau minutes, 1929-31; letters and handbills, 1924-30 (MSS.289); Coventry branch minutes, 1925 (MSS.180).

Administrative / Biographical History

William Henry Stokes, born 1894. Trade unionist and Communist Party activist. Member of the Steam Engine Makers' Society, and elected to the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) National Committee in 1935. AEU Coventry District President, 1936; full-time AEU Divisional Officer, 1937. member of the Iron and Steel Corporation, 1950-3. Appointed Justice of the Peace, 1950, and Chairman of the Coventry bench from 1966. Died, 1977.

Reference: "W. H. Stokes", Dictionary of Labour Biography, volume 10 (2000), pp. 182-187

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Centre by Mrs. J. Satchwell, Stokes' executrix, in 1987 and 1988.

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Papers of Richard Croucher (on William Henry Stokes)